Being one of the few established ‘fashion capitals’ of the world, London has always offered game-changing style, that has influenced fashion all over the world. Therefore, it is no surprise that London Fashion Week is perhaps one of the most anticipated events of the year and is continuously highlighted in the calendars of lovers of all things fashion and style.
LFW always offers a great showcase over its duration, not only exhibiting some of the UK’s finest home-grown talent, but also providing a platform for designers, from across the globe, to display their work in this vibrant city. A recurring motif in almost every designer’s collection was the brilliant use of juxtaposition in patterns, textures and overall themes of garments, which saw a harsh fusion of traditional style, clashed against edgier designs. After all, this is what London is known for in the fashion world, particularly with British designers, and once again many of the collections showcased did not disappoint. Below are some of the highlights of some of the key SS17 menswear collections, which were brought to the runways of LFW this year.
The two British designers behind Teatum Jones took their debut menswear capsule straight to the runway for this year’s LFW. When describing the collection, the duo explained that the collection ‘felt like a natural extension of the womens-wear collection’, sharing many of the same colour-ways, fabrics and designs. Speaking of colour-ways, the main trend definitely leaned towards pastel blues and jewel tones, in particular deep purples and greens. Our stand out pieces from the collection were definitely the extremely wearable bomber jackets, which featured a romantic illustrated floral design, reminiscent of traditional Japanese paintings. In a direct contrast from these garments, the designers also collaborated closely with artist Tom Leamon, who individually hand painted the expressionistic and almost ‘graffitiesque’ design onto many of the pieces, which provided an edgier twist to the collection. Overall we loved the entire luxe sports vibe of the collection and how seamless and crisp each of the designs were.
Joseph’s use of incorporating work-wear and sportswear in their collection was a very refreshing and unique set of designs during LFW. The collection definitely featured some of the more vibrant sets of garments, in terms of colour, seen during the week – perfect for injecting colour into SS17. A definite motif in the designs were the use of lightweight and breathable materials, crafted to create macs, trousers and coats.
Burberry is a classic British brand, which always showcases intricate detailing and designs that represent style in the country beautifully. This year was no different, with the presentation exhibiting the collection, which takes obvious influences from the Victorian era and combines them with the eclectic style of the 70’s. It was the show which perhaps featured the most juxtaposition in the overall designs seen, with a battle commencing between traditional tailored garments and the more oversized designs. Already, this description sounds like a disaster waiting to happen, but somehow it worked and the outcome was genius. A clear trend in the collection was the use of ruffles, bell-sleeves and the clever use of layering. In terms of colour-ways, earthy tones were the recurring theme along with deep reds, greens and pops of powder blues and pinks. Most noticeably, Burberry were huge in pushing the floral baroque pattern, featured on the majority of their garments, and again contrasted this design directly against striped shirts.
As the first men’s only fashion show to appear at LFW ever, we must commend Oliver Spencer for breaking down existing barriers within the fashion industry, separating men’s and women’s fashion. An outcome like this is huge for the men’s fashion industry, and clearly highlights the continued growth in the industry, internationally. It is great that men’s fashion can now be respected, accepted, enjoyed by men and women, and that showcases like these are beginning to occur more often in mainstream fashion events, where menswear designers can be celebrated and respected in unison with womenswear designers. With this being said, Oliver Spencer was personally my favourite show of the whole week, in terms of the collection and designs seen. There was something which was extremely simplistic about the entire collection, which only resulted in making every piece look very wearable. The main thing I loved about the design of each garment was the perfect balance between aspects of casual street-styles and business wear, making every item perfect for any man, in almost any occasion. The colour-ways were similar to the other designers, discussed above, and featured an abundance of earthy tones, greys, purples and burnt oranges, all of which are ideal for any men out there who might be afraid of too much colour.